2016 Pioneer of the Year Award

18th Annual Pioneer of the Year – Bruce Cutknife as Community History Keeper On June 11, 2016, The Wetaskiwin Heritage Museum held their annual awards ceremony to honor their, Pioneer of the Year Award. The theme this year was Community History Keeper, and this person was Bruce Cutknife for his commitment to ensure the history is perserved and…

Buffalo Ranch Rodeo 2016

The Buffalo Ranch Rodeo held their annual Rodeo on June 10-12. The Rodeo kicked off with a Bullarama on Friday June 10 with Jesse Flette taking the honours for that event.  This heart warming and family oriented Rodeo took the time to honour their late sister Carolyn “Snagger” Buffalo who in previous years played a great role in planning…

SCN Elders and Youth Gathering

Samson Cree Nation will be hosting a Elders and Youth Conference on June 20, 2016…To register contact Leann Buffalo at 780-585-3793 or Delorna Buffalo-Makinaw at 780-585-3793 Ext 281 or Cecil Crier at 780-335-0490  

Food Bank Recieves New Forklift

On behalf of Samson Food Bank, I would like to extend my gratitude and acknowledge Peace Hills General Insurance on their recent purchase of a new Forklift for Samson Food Bank. I submitted a proposal to PHGI in December, 2015 for a new forklift and was approved. The Forklift was delivered on April 26, 2015 and PHGI was…

Augustana University – Lois Aspenes Award recipient Bruce Cutknife

Bruce Cutknife was honored at Augustana University’s Spring Soiree with the Lois Aspenes Award which recognizes an alumnus or alumna for significant contributions to the Alumni Association or the life of Augustana.  Cutknife has contributed to Augustana in a variety of ways over the years: (list taken from http://news.augustana.ualberta.ca/2016/04/bruce-cutknife-97-to-receive-lois- aspenes) • Represented Maskwacis and offered words of welcome…

Maskwacis Donation Drive

The Maskwacis Cree banded together to Support the Treaty 8 First Nations displaced by the Fort McMurray WildFire. The Maskwacis Donation Drive was started because we heard about all the support the First Nations like Mikisew Cree, Fort McKay, Athabasca Chipewyan, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Fort McMurray FN did before they were evacuated and what they did to support…

ATHC – Treaties 2016

This past Alberta Treaty Hockey Championships that took place March 24-27 was a good one for Maskwacis as 7 teams came home with a medal. The U15 female team took silver losing to Enoch in the final, our Senior Novice team took bronze losing to Enoch by a protest. The peewee A Hawks team won gold beating Piikani…

Great Turn out for Nipisis Gala

The evening of March 17, the Nipsis Cafe located in the Samson Cree Nation Band office held a gala dinner. 95 people were in attendance and more than half were people outside of our community. The evening had great food prepared by the staff of Nipsis Cafe and entertainment such as Live Art, singers and dancers, and the…

SCN Leadership Promotes Drug testing

I had the opportunity to interview the SCN Council members Vernon Saddleback and Mario Swampy about the Drug Testing for SCN Leadership, that was conducted in Edmonton on March 9th, 2016. The news of the drug testing went viral on the internet,  because it’s a huge step in a positive way.  I put my first question…